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Time wrong in java programs

 
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I'm running Java on a Win 98 machine. When I run a Java application or view a JSP page, Java thinks that the time is one hour in the past. What could be causing this? How can I fix it?
 
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Present us with a small test program (source code) which gives the wrong time on your system, and we'll take a look. I can at least check it on Me/2000/NT.
I noticed you said JSP. That's running on a server
somewhere - is its time set correctly?
Is it a daylight-saving problem?
Dunno...
 
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Java has no idea what time it is. It asks the machine it is running on for the time. So check that first.
 
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Here is an example of a stand-alone Java program that prints the time as one hour in the past on my Win 98 system:
import java.util.*;
public class TimeTest {
public static void main(String args[])
{
Date a = new Date();
System.out.println(a);
}
}
The clock on my Win 98 toolbar gives the correct time. I also see this error when I run a JSP page with JRun or Tomcat, and also when I run the test simulator that comes with the Sybex book.
 
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It is most likely timezone / daylight savings related. Have a look at the following classes for more information on how to influence the timezone for output:
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.1/docs/api/java/util/Calendar.html
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.1/docs/api/java/util/TimeZone.html
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.1/docs/api/java/text/DateFormat.html
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.1/docs/api/java/text/SimpleDateFormat.html
I would suggest modifying the time output format to include the timezone being used.
Cheers, Neil
 
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